Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier follows her thorny, Oscar-winning In A Better World with a romantic drama aimed at the Shirley Valentine/Mamma Mia! crowd.
Set on the sun-soaked Italian coast during the lead up to a marriage, it tracks the mother of the bride (Trine Dyrholm, excellent) and the father of the groom (Pierce Brosnan, charming) as they themselves fall in love.
It’s not all sunshine and schmaltz – she’s recovering from cancer and a cheating husband, he’s a workaholic widower – but there’s enough contrivance on display to suggest Bier is content to play to, rather than off, Hollywood conventions.
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